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Can you help me restore my Desktop?

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#1 mellechman


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Posted 18 July 2018 - 01:29 AM

Hi everyone!


I have done something stupid with my Desktop folder and I’m wondering if you can help me put it to right.


My desktop folder was located on a drive called E:\, in a subfolder called “users” etc. The usual deal.


Stupidly, I moved it out of this subfolder and onto the root folder, so to speak, of the drive. Since then it seems as though the root folder of E:\ IS my dektop. Everything on drive E:\ appears, as shortcuts, on my dektop, I  mean the one I see on my screen. What’s worse, I can’t move the dektop to another location, like onto another drive. I have tried, and it comes up with an error saying something like “files cannot be moved because they’re locked”. If I try to put desktop back where it was, it says something like "parent cannot be moved into a subfolder". 


Okay, I know I was stupid J but what can I do to fix it?


Thanks in advance for any help.

Edited by Platypus, 18 July 2018 - 02:28 AM.
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Posted 18 July 2018 - 08:32 AM

Hi mellechman


I trust I'm on the right path here


1. Open file explorer, enter: shell:UsersFilesFolder in the address bar

2. Right click Desktop and open Properties

3. Select the Location tab; select Restore Default

4. Select Apply; Select OK
Please let us know if this resolves your issue
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Posted 18 July 2018 - 01:15 PM

Thanks for trying to help me, but unfortunately your fix did not work, quite simply because when I opened explorer and typed shell:UsersFilesFolder there was no desktop folder to be seen. 


Thankfully, I had asked the same question in Microsoft Community and I was advised to do a registry fix, which I did and this solved the problem. 


For future reference, here is the fix: 


Click your Start Button, type regedit and hit Enter to open the Registry Editor

Navigate to this Key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders

On the right your will see Desktop

Double click that to set its value

The default location for Desktop is:


You should set that value, then close the Registry Editor

Restart your PC

Your Desktop folder will no be back in its original location

You might have to manually move files from where you moved that folder to back into the Desktop folder


Then if you intend to move that folder again, please remember to specify a folder like D:\Desktop and you should be Okay !

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